- Jo is in the news again: the Harry Potter author will be releasing her second detective novel for adults under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith this summer. As well, an opinion piece that begged her to get out of the adult fiction game in order to give other writers a chance got torn apart by the internet world.
- Philip Pullman has been entertaining his Twitter followers with tales of Jeffery the housefly (I think we’d rather you were working on that His Dark Materials sequel you’ve been teasing, sir).
- If you’re feeling down about your poetic abilities, the Telegraph offers seven of the worst poems by great writers.
- This may be the greatest ever example of missing the point of an easily edited encyclopedia, but a new Indiegogo campaign wants to turn Wikipedia into a 1000-volume print version.
- Turns out Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson was also an adept amateur detective.
- As a follow-up to the recent Olympics in Sochi, CBC Books profiles five Russian gay and lesbian writers worth knowing about.
- Huffington Post lists seven reasons to become an expat writer (I’ll admit, this one spoke to me).
- As Oscar season arrives, check out the reading recommendations at “If You Like this Oscar-nominated Film, You’ll Love this Book.”
- Are you a Lord of the Rings “super-fan” (with the biggest quotations in the world)? Test your trivia knowledge here!
- And this year’s VIDA count, which tallies the number of reviewed books by authors of each gender, does offer an improvement from last year’s.
- Popular fanfic site Archive of Our Own has hit the one million fic milestone – after only four years of existence. (Somewhere, Fanfiction.net is sobbing into its ice cream.)
Book to Screen
- Arifa Akbar questions whether we are ready to hear the untold stories of “ordinary” Nazis with the upcoming release of The Book Thief adaptation.
- The colourful themed-by-district Hunger Games one I understood, but the new film adaptation of Divergent is also getting its own make-up line (which begs the question, why?).
- Filed under screen to book: HuffPost gives us a list of the eleven weirdest movie novelizations.
- A bill has been introduced in the US Congress that would allow artists to collect royalties on works resold at auction.
- Sochi’s art museum has gotten a visitor boost from the Olympic games.
- Ancient Buddhist caves in China, containing third century wall-paintings, could soon be facing destruction by natural forces.
- ArtNews offers ten amazing data visualizations of creativity and art history.
- And ArtWorks asks when is an artwork actually finished?